Rams RB Steven Jackson’s South Pacific vacation took a precarious turn Monday when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where Jackson had toured a mere 48-hours earlier.
The quake killed at least 65 people and left the country’s second-largest city mostly in ruins.
Jackson sent out a message on Twitter letting his fans know that he was OK and that he had made it out of city on Sunday.
“God watched over me,” wrote Jackson.
He also sent an earlier message suggesting that people pray for all those who had lost their homes.
Jackson had been touring the region for the past week and kept his Twitter followers updated on some of his activities, including attending his first opera at the Sydney Opera House, climbing the bridge over Sydney Harbor, surfing, fishing and heading out to Ayer’s Rock — a magnificent sandstone rock formation located in Australia’s Northern Territory.
And while in New Zealand, Jackson met up with the country’s famed national rugby team – the All Blacks – who have won a record 75 percent of all their matches since 1903.
He also mentioned that he was surprised the acclaimed “A Week in the Life” documentary seemed to have been a hit among the kiwis. The three short films chronicled the life of the 27-year-old running back from the Rams’ Week 10 loss to the 49ers through their Week 11 loss to the Falcons.